The truth, however, may be less exciting. The paper quotes John Hughes from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust as saying:
“I would imagine that what was seen would have been a polecat as they have similar facial markings to a raccoon. They were in decline after being hunted by gamekeepers but their numbers are starting to creep back up.
“They are making a comeback across the Midlands and I would expect that in time more sightings will be reported on a place like Wenlock Edge.”